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Colonias Board announces awards for 2017

The following local governments were selected to receive funding from the Colonias Infrastructure Fund:

Town of Silver City - $ 177,137
Design Street improvements on Ridge Road from NM 90 to City Limits

Town of Silver City - $407,838
Replacements of water and service lines along NM Hwy 15 from Newsham to Pine St.

Town of Hurley - $153,870
Resurfacing, curb/gutter, ADA drive pads and sidewalks for Cortez Avenue

City of Lordsburg - $555,867
Construction to include paving and drainage improvements on Mountain View Drive

Village of Reserve - $198,364
Design and construct effluent discharge line

Village of Reserve - $423,637
Design and construct Wastewater Treatment Facility improvements

Casas Adobes MDWCA - $517,500
Construct water tank, automate system and purchase water rights.

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Teacher Fire & Gravel Fires - Update on June 17, 2017

Teacher Fire – Final Update

The Teacher Fire is estimated at 3,555 acres. Crews have completed all burning operations, and will be holding line and monitoring the active fire pockets.

Gravel Fire
The Gravel Fire is estimated at 2,320 acres. Ground ignitions took place along FR 153S yesterday; and will continue to prep along the road. The fire line will then be monitored throughout the afternoon. The northern edge of this fire is in the Turkey Creek drainage, the eastern edge has reached FR 28 along the Gilita drainage; the southern edge is in the Indian Creek drainage and the western border is FR 153S.-- Continue reading

Round Fire – June 17, 2017 @ 0900

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017

Size: 4,304 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Four wildland fire modules, 10 smokejumpers, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 105.

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)-- Continue reading

Cajete Fire on Jemez Ranger District 061717 700

Incident Name: Cajete Fire

Start Date & Time: 6/15/17 1045

Start Location: North of Jemez Springs, El Cajete Mine , MM 33 Sierra de los Pinos area

Cause of Fire: Unknown

Area Vegetation: Grass and-- Continue reading

Dense Smoke advisory extended through 9 pm 061717

Dense Smoke advisory extended through 9 pm 061717

Upper Gila River Valley-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Eastern Black Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Cliff, Buckhorn, Gila Hot Springs,
Mule Creek, Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston, Fort Bayard,
Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport, Hillsboro,
and Winston
209 AM MDT Sat Jun 17 2017


* VISIBILITY...Below 1 mile in valley locations in western Sierra
County and northern Grant County mainly in the morning hours. Otherwise 2 to 3 miles across the advised area.-- Continue reading

Grant County Commission hears reports on the potential of energy savings and possible bonding to pay for it 061317

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part article series on the Grant County Commission work session and regular sessions this week on June 13, 3017 and June 15, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

During the Tuesday, June 13, 2017, work session, commissioners heard from Scott Stevens, representing Energy Control Inc. as senior project developer and of OpTerra Energy, and Mark Valenzuela, first vice president of investment banking firm George K. Baum and Company for its New Mexico Public Finance Group. Valenzuela is the county's advisor on bond financing.

"We work most in schools, municipalities and counties," Stevens said. "We did an investment grade assessment (IGA) and an energy services performance contracting (ESPC) evaluation. Our energy services can bridge the gap with solar and energy efficiency."

He showed a PowerPoint® presentation citing the financial challenges as lack of funding, diminishing budget, rising utility costs, bond limitations, capital expense priorities and increased maintenance costs.-- Continue reading

Round Fire 061617 1900

Approximate Location

33.319 latitude, -107.904 longitude

Incident Overview

Summary: The Round Fire is currently 4,303 acres burning on the Gila National Forest in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives with the primary objective of allowing fire to function in its natural role in the forest. The fire will restore and enhance diverse ecosystems including Mexican spotted owl habitat. The fire has a collateral benefit of reducing the potential for large scale stand replacing fire in the future.-- Continue reading

Two arrested in off-duty Border Patrol agent beating, machete attack

Two arrested in off-duty Border Patrol agent beating, machete attack

by Jesse Martinez of KFOX News El Paso


Friday, June 16, 2017

Photo of Puga Courtesy of Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office

Fernando Puga is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. (KFOX14) — Two men accused of attacking an off-duty Border Patrol agent last week are now in custody.

On June 9, the victim was found by a passing motorist just before midnight just off Shalem Colony Trail west of Las Cruces, officials said.-- Continue reading

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